Review whitewashes Metropolitan police behaviour at Sarah Everard vigil

Is anybody surprised that Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS) has cleared the Metropolitan Police of any inappropriate behaviour at the Clapham Common vigil for Sarah Everard?

The review said the force “was justified in adopting the view that the risks of transmitting COVID-19 at the vigil were too great to ignore”.

So that made it reasonable to kettle these people – crowd them into an ever-smaller space, making those risks much greater, did it?

That made it reasonable to arrest these people, did it? Were they crammed like sardines in police vans? Were they crammed like sardines into cells?

Forcing people into close contact with each other seems an extremely odd way to combat a disease that is spread by close contact – especially people who had been very recently injured.

The review said “officers remained calm and professional when subjected to abuse” and “did not act inappropriately or in a heavy handed manner”.

So this wasn’t heavy-handed?

How about this?

Or this?


Like many others, I notice that there was no problem with the Duchess of Cambridge attending the event that Met Police Commissioner Cressida Dick branded illegal.

Why wasn’t Kate Middleton attacked with a baton and bundled into a White Maria?

Ah, but she attended during daylight. The police didn’t move in and start hurting people until after dark. Now, why was that, do you think?

The report by Sky News makes it clear that the atmosphere did not turn hostile until the police started kettling people. Oh, the cops were telling people to leave, were they? How could they do that when the uniforms were cutting off their ability to go?

The bandstand was soon almost surrounded by officers and the atmosphere started to become more hostile. It was at this point that a number of women appeared to be shoved and people starting shouting at the police.

It seems clear to me that HM Inspectorate of Constabulary came to the conclusion it usually reaches – that the police can do no wrong.

How many attendees at the event were consulted during this review?

None, I’m betting.

No wonder the result was one-sided.

Let’s have a proper, public inquiry – then we’ll hear some uncomfortable facts (but of course, that will never happen).

Source: Met Police ‘acted appropriately’ at Sarah Everard vigil, review finds | UK News | Sky News

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6 thoughts on “Review whitewashes Metropolitan police behaviour at Sarah Everard vigil

  1. David John Finn

    The report carried out by the police suggests that beating people over the head with batons and kicking them when they are down, is for the benefit of their health!

  2. Michael Phillips

    No surprise at all. To think that it would be any different would be naive. They will do and have done what they please under tory governments. It is what the tories want them to do and thus rewards them for such.

  3. disabledgrandad

    Nothing but gaslighting, lie and deceive in this report. This attitude the police can do no wrong is why they feel entitled to kill, rape and abuse their powers then they wonder why they are disliked and distrusted…

  4. Hecuba

    I’m very pleased to learn the police boy thugs acted ‘calm and professional’ as they physically assaulted women and threatened women with male violence!

    Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services is not an independent organisation but one created to protect the male dominated police and ensure they are never held accountable for their male violence against women!

    Amazing how quickly this lying report was published which in itself shows it was not rigorous but more fascist propaganda!

    Why haven’t police arrested and handcuffed the Duchess of Cambridge given she blatantly violated the law and attended an illegal vigil??? Why did the police boy thugs wait until it was dark so their male violence against women would be harder to detect?

    I so look forward to more boy police thugs inflicting male violence on women with male impunity because the boy police thugs know their male superiors are supporting them and justifying their criminal actions!

    Male police thugs acting with impunity comes from the top – little fascist dictator dick johnson is a criminal and his nefarious crimes are still not being prosecuted so I am not surprised the fascist police boy thugs are imitating their male boss dick johnson. Little england is indeed a one party fascist state replete with boy police thugs maintaining oppression over women who dare to protest against male violence against women!

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      As you can see from the above, Hecuba habitually fills her comments with a lot of material that one would reasonably describe as misandrist – that is, it shows hatred of men because they are men.

      In this case, however, it seems to me that in this instance she makes very good points about male violence, in a way that may be forceful but is also justifiable.

  5. 6033624

    Police policing vigil for victim of the police policing the event are accused of being violent. Their own organisation for investigating them finds they have done nothing wrong. I’m afraid the opposite is tru, they have done nothing right and the fact they can’t see this themselves speaks volumes.

    Compare and contrast. A peaceful vigil of women remembering a murder victim OR several areas where rowdy and violent football fans turns up in hundreds/thousands contrary to the law, not asking for permission, flouting social distancing laws and letting of fireworks from within large crowds in public city centre areas. And so which one was violently police and which one was ‘monitored’ from a safe distance whilst crowds were allowed to gather. Of course, a group of peaceful women were considered a threat the violent men were allowed to get on with it.

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